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John Hightower did WORK at the NFL Combine

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Boise State is no stranger to dominant wide receivers. Heck, we’ve had guys like Thomas Sperbeck and Ced Wilson back to back. What we aren’t super accustomed to is those wide receivers getting the praise and opportunities they’ve richly deserved at the next level. Well, Boise State’s latest receiver prospect—John Hightower—is out to change some of that and had himself a time at the NFL Scouting Combine the last few days.

Going in to the combine, Hightower had apparently been scouted by legally blind people as his pre-combine grade was a “meh” 5.45. What that equates to in NFL parlance is a “priority free agent”. I strongly disagree with that assessment and Hightower himself seemed to want to punch that grade up a bit with some extra credit.

Hightower ran a 4.43 in the 40...putting him alongside the elite prospects at the combine. Hightower also ranked in the top ten in the vertical leap (38”) and 3 cone drill (7.07) and top five in the 20 yard shuttle (4.21). Altogether, I think Hightower’s “spindly” self acquitted himself well and already seems to have raised the eyebrows of some observers...whether he’s raised his stock as well remains to be seen, but most signs point to “yes”.

A Cowboys blog fan-boying a Boise State prospect? Color me skeptical.

Fun fact: I was once blocked by this guy because I defended Kellen Moore against some of his ruthless scouting barbs. I regret nothing.

Even if my team is the Browns (it isn’t)?

Seems better than “priority free agent”, no?

Well done, kid. We’ll have more on other impressive combine performances before the weekend is up. Teaser: Ezra Cleveland is exactly as fast as Kellen Moore